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by | Jan 18, 2019

Sustainability On Campus

On November 3, 2015, former president Mark Roosevelt signed the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). The ACUPCC is a high-visibility effort to make campuses more sustainable and address global warming through institutional commitments to reduce and ultimately neutralize greenhouse gas emissions on campus. The initiative is modeled after the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement. 

Leadership and the Environment at Antioch Fellow (LEAF) Eliza Crane ’19 and physical plant director Reggie Stratton have developed a five-year energy history for the College. Based on their research, Antioch seems to be turning the corner in terms of energy consumption. Between 2011 and 2014, the College’s energy consumption grew rapidly. But in 2015, even though the College’s occupancy space and headcount increased, the amount of energy use per square foot and per person decreased. This is an indication that sustainable building design, solar and geothermal projects are having an impact. 

In addition to Stratton and Crane’s historic energy data project, soon, the installation of metering and monitors for the GLCA Energy Dashboard project will be complete. This project allows Antioch to monitor and track energy use in McGregor, South and Birch Halls. The data will then be available to be integrated into classroom learning to connect Antioch’s values around sustainability to the curriculum. 

This winter, the College instituted a Building Temperature Policy to focus on behavioral aspects of reducing energy consumption, and reductions in energy consumption are expected to continue. The energy consumption data will also be used to develop the College’s Green House Gas Emissions Inventory and our Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (ASSHE) Princeton Review energy metrics.  

Last summer, sheep were deployed to help manage vegetative growth in solar array in an effort to reduce our carbon footprint. The College will no longer use gas-powered mowers to manage vegetative growth in the array field.